About the Technical Assistance Program

The mission of the Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP) is to advance economic prosperity, health, and quality of life in Indiana and beyond. TAP provides technical assistance, performance improvement, and technology adoption through programs and services that utilize faculty, students, and staff in nine statewide offices. Employers served include companies, hospitals, health departments, and governmental units throughout the state. Impacts are considerable, and since 1986 TAP programs and services have assisted over 14,000 organizations, trained over 43,000 employees, created or retained over $1 billion in sales, increased capital investments by $301 million, contributed to cost savings of $130 million, and created or retained over 14,000 jobs in the state, according to the organizations that were assisted.

Programs and services include:

  • Technical Assistance Projects

    Faculty and graduate student short-term assistance projects on a broad range of business and technical issues. Up to five days of no-cost assistance available for qualifying Indiana based businesses.
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  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

    High value, affordable solutions to support manufacturing growth and profitability. As advocates for Indiana's thousands of manufacturers, MEP leverages resources in both the public and private sectors to help identify areas of improvement, streamline processes, and ultimately increase competitiveness.
    Go to the MEP website

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology Adoption

    A partnership with Indiana manufacturing companies to implement digital engineering, product lifecycle management, and advanced production systems.
    Go to the Technology Adoption website

  • Energy Efficiency & Sustainability

    Assessments and training for companies with high energy costs.
    Go to the Energy Efficiency & Sustainability website

  • Green Enterprise Development

    Green manufacturing skills training that get bottom line results.
    Go to the Green Enterprise Development website

  • Purdue Healthcare Advisors

    Performance improvement and technology adoption for Indiana hospitals, the public health system, clinics, and other healthcare providers. PHA provides a broad range of services including lean & six-sigma, consulting, facility simulation, electronic health record adoption, security risk assessments, and community health services.
    Go to the Purdue Healthcare Advisors website

Quality Policy

Projects are carried out in a professional and confidential manner; we strive for accuracy and quality in all we do.

Program Contact:

David R. McKinnis, Ph.D.

David R. McKinnis, Ph.D.
Director – Technical Assistance Program
Assistant Vice President for Engagement
Purdue University
1435 Win Hentschel Blvd, Suite 215
West Lafayette, IN 47906-4158
Office: 765.494.9189 Cell: 765.427.7292

Maintained by: Purdue's Technical Assistance Program (TAP)

Purdue University Technical Assistance Program, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600
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